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Born to Fight
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The patriotic retaliation against terrorists includes combatants of all ages and abilities, from the fiercely compact Sasisa Jindamanee (junior champion of Thai kick boxing) to an elderly man and even a one-legged villager who does his part for king and country. And consider this lineup of diversely skilled performers: Nantaway Wongwanichislip (Asian champion rugby player); Piyapong Piew-On (Thai football superstar); Rattaporn Khemthong (Thai gymnastic team star); Suebsak Pansueb (from the Thai Sepak Takraw team); and Amornthep Waewsang and Somrak Khamsing (Olympic gold medalists in gymnastics and boxing, respectively). As a squadron of fearless daredevils, this remarkable cast employs every imaginable technique to conquer their captors. With an opening action sequence that must be seen to be believed, Born to Fight may be far-fetched at times, but the stunts are so insanely impressive that they make this a must-see film for action fans around the world. Only one question remains: Can anyone top this film without getting killed in the process? --Jeff Shannon
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Dragon Dynasty has done a terrific job with its two-disc Ultimate Edition of Born to Fight. Disc 1 features the film itself, beautifully presented in Thai with an optional English-dubbed soundtrack and optional English and Spanish subtitles. Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan provides the feature-length commentary, offering humorous observations and insight about Thai action cinema and its gradual evolution toward a national identity, distinct from the influence of Hong Kong action thrillers. Disc 2 includes a 65-minute "making of" documentary, featuring extensive interviews with the producer, director, and principal cast of Born to Fight, and a shorter, 5-minute featurette promoting the film's diverse cast of athletically skilled performers. The film's original Thai theatrical trailer and U.S. promotional trailer are also included. --Jeff Shannon
Top Customer Reviews
With the 2004 version, I will review. I thought the action sequences were amazing. I'm always shocked the lengths someone will go for a stunt. This, like Ong Bak, is showing a growing trend among loosing the unreality and CG in favor of more real action. The trouble is the plot is rather bland, and goes no where. However, if you liked the protector, and could get past the "where's my elephant?" storyline, then this shouldn't phase you too much. Also, Tony Jaa is sorley missing from this movie. He is great at action, but has a bit of charisma and acting talent, which is also lacking from this movie. But I digress. It is entertaining and I recomend it.
As long as you set your expectations to what you will be getting (a low-budget Thai B-movie from 1986 after all!), you will be amazed. The fights are choreographed and play out like a combination of the modern style used in Ong Bak and that used in older Wu-Tang Clan style kung fu movies. But you won't be disappointed - I was personally surprised to see a ton of great slow motion, double takes, and editing in the fights to allow the viewer to really see the punishing impacts.
One thing that surprised me about this film is that THE DUB IS EXCELLENT!!! I am normally somebody who HATES watching live-action dubbed but I was shocked to see just how perfect the voices used were and how spot-on the "acting"/matching/and writing of the dub were. In part a lot of it's value comes from the dub having great "camp" flavor but it mostly stays true to the script and, IMO, improves the movie a great deal for English-speaking fans who just want to kick back and enjoy the experience.
The story is pretty basic but it generally works to stage the action, keep you interested, and add a little comedy here and there. You could nitpick some of its faults (at times things can get a little slow or dry) but who cares - you came to see some great fight/stunt sequences. And you do get quite a few cool ones!Read more ›
The action is mostly stunts. All real stunts, though they do slip in a bit of C.G.I. There is the occasional fight, but it is all about the stunts in this movie. There are scenes where guys go flying through the air doing multiple flips and end with crashing into a burning frame of a building! Words can't really describe how amazing the stunts are, it is just something you have to see for yourself. And don't think that there are just 1 or 2 action stars in the movie. ALL of the actors can do their own stunts. The people who fight in the movie range anywhere from age 8 to 80. There is even a one-legged guy who gets to show off his skills! You also have the scene where they fight with real firelogs. Not a firelog hitting someone in the head once and then a cut, but long, extended takes of actors hitting eachother over and over again with real thick firelogs and embers flying in everyone's eyes. It would take a review literally 20 times longer than this to go over all the incredible things that happen in this movie. It is your average direct to TV action movie, but with some of the greatest stunts ever filmed. If you are a fan of the ultra low budget films that Panna made in the 80's and 90's, you will be happy to see what he can do with an almost limitless budget.
Picture quality and sound are perfect. English dub included if you don't like subtitles.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
it's a decent movie but not quite what I expectedI loved the on bak and the protector so I had high expectations for this one but was let down a little bit there is good action in... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jack Smith
lots of guns... a few very ordinary roundhouse kicks....nothing else... doesnt really go anywhere...ignore the promo blurb...save your hard earned cashPublished on April 12, 2013 by Jed Rutherford
I'm not sure why Amazon insists on linking the reviews of all the movies with the same title -- since there are often many releases of the same movie (often, of very different... Read morePublished on March 13, 2011 by Darth Vegas
Because if you're like me you'll spill it all as you stand up to shout for the action sequences. I came into this movie wanting an action thrill ride with little to no expectations... Read morePublished on October 20, 2009 by Etalyx
don't get this. just watch the fight scenes on youtube or something. a big fat waste of money.Published on March 26, 2009 by Amazon Customer
This movie is really stupid and silly. The worst part is that this film is just plainly boring. It was a struggle to get through. I am surprised Dragon Dynasty released this. Read morePublished on January 23, 2009 by Travis
Um... you people are way too kind in your reviews of this film. I am a huge movie collector and my vault contains hundreds of martial arts films alone. People, this movie is awful! Read morePublished on January 12, 2009 by SANDMAN
If you're looking for the recent "Born to Fight"--the one with the terrorists--let me warn you: this is not it. (Or it could be. Read morePublished on December 30, 2008 by Curtis G
It starts off with a crazy scene with two mack trucks and never lets up. Good Thai movie from the guys who produced ONG BAk and the ProtectorPublished on September 22, 2008 by Moe Mentum